Mac Allister MRS1400 Scarifier

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★★★★★

“Replacement tines”

written by phi.ayrshire on 26/04/2020

Value for money and has done a power of work over last 3 years. Eventually the tines broke from use but scarifier attachment is still good. Spare tines are hard to find but eventually identified a supplier. They are type 6 tynes, 50mm long with hole diameter 12mm to fit a 10mm shaft. I could only find one supplier, Solent tools. They were easy to replace. Hope this helps.

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Kabous's Response to phi.ayrshire's Review

Written on: 07/08/2020

Hi, wonder if you will share how to replace tines. That is if I can still find some as Solent out if stock.
I've taken out the axle to inspect and can knkh find joke on side of each plastic cam. Not looked further.
Your help will he greatly appreciated.

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Phi.ayrshire's reply to Kabous's Comment

Written on: 10/08/2020

Photograph tines so you put the new ones back facing same direction. On the opposite side from the roller you will see a pin that goes through the bar jammed up against then last tine. Knock that pin out with a small hammer and something similar to a small screwdriver or a nail or similar. It is only held by friction. All the tines will then slip off the bar. Replacement is the reverse procedure.

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★★★★★

“Powerful ”

written by Alonzo470 on 22/05/2018

As any one priced a rake drum yet as mine is getting short but apart from that is powerfull to do any raking

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★★★★★

“A beast of a scarifier”

written by carolinesm33 on 12/09/2017

Im a professional gardener and i love this scarifier. I havent used the rake part of it but the blade just eats through moss and does such a quick job. You actually have to be careful that you are don't hit any paving as it would chip it. I managed to blunt the blade and so called B and Q customer service who gave me the no for the Mc Allister customer service. They are sending me a new blade free of charge. I was not expecting that. Was assuming i would pay for it.

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Petesmith2710's Response to carolinesm33's Review

Written on: 25/04/2018

any chance you could share the phone number for Macallister spares because I'm damned if I can find it anywhere.

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★☆☆☆☆

“OK FOR A WHILE - ”

written by on 27/04/2017

SORT OF WORKED- NEEDED NEW TINES - BUT B AND Q NOT HONOURED AFTER SALES - NO SPARE PARTS AVAILABLE - UNETHICAL SALE

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★★★☆☆

“for a SMALL lawn only”

written by Noel308 on 26/04/2017

I have had this scarifier for about 2 years, during this time I have found and resolved several issues...I think these are the important points good and bad. 1. Easy to assemble, long cord, easy to adjust height of rake... 2. The lawn MUST MUST MUST be cut with a mower on its lowest setting PRIOR to use.. 3. Put the raker on its highest setting, 4. DO NOT connect the grass box, it fills up in seconds and jams the machine so that it overheats, if it does overheat it will stop, let it cool overnight and it will probably be ok... 5. using some string or cable ties etc clip up the back flap, but only part way...if you put it right up stones and bits will hit your legs, 6. ok ready to start..go forward ONLY, slowly...don't run over hard surfaces like a path or tyne will break. after use use a lawnmower again, this is to pick up the mess, if there is lots then rake by hand into piles , remove, then cut grass (collecting bits left on lawn)... you will be amazed at how much thatch (dead grass) and moss will be removed. even after all this you may need a blower to get rid of the bits... now the important part.... Use a moss killer which also feeds the lawn, then a week later a weedkiller...its ok to use a moss, weed and feed but they are not as effective.. about 2 weeks later the moss you didn't get first time will be black... cut grass, rake over lawn with rake section again etc etc... when finished change the tyne unit for the one with blades. go up and down then side to side, this cuts slots to get water to grass roots.... sprinkle grass seed where required and maybe some lawn dressing soil.... This scarifier does what it says EXCEPT..... the tynes snap easily!!! they are a fiddle to replace and they cost about £28 a set.. the blades work well... so in short, it works well, ON A SMALL LAWN...the grass box is useless , and if you have a lawn over 10m x 10m forget this unit... For me I would get one with a box in front so i could empty on the go or a bigger scarifier

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★☆☆☆☆

“this must be the worst thing i have ever had from...”

written by Clark283 on 24/04/2017

this must be the worst thing i have ever had from b&q.total junk grass box doesent fill racker tynes just brake off and b&q say we dont do this model now so no parts, total rip off for a £100

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“waste of money. very short lifespan”

written by terryfuckwit on 19/04/2017

Motor siezed after overheating on 3rd season. First season fine, 2nd season it started overheating and thermal cutout activated. Cleaned all ventilation slots. 3rd season had 10 minutes running and it siezed completely. Thhis company makes cheap stuff that really doesn't last. The collector box is useless and fills in about 5 seconds. Overall, a bad buy.

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★☆☆☆☆

“what guarantee ?”

written by Eleanorz490 on 08/04/2017

This scarifier has a 2 year warranty. Which means it will rake your lawn 2 or3 times before it requires some serious work on it. I don't think anyone will repair this and I am not very confident myself although I was a plant fitter. I will be surprised if parts are available DO NOT BUY THIS MODEL

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★★☆☆☆

“Where to obtain spares”

written by Jordyn313 on 02/10/2016

The unit lasted 2 years and 3 months but hard to find spares it seemed not rugged enough for the work.

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★★★☆☆

“Front wheel fell off after second use”

written by Thornton252 on 15/09/2016

Very unhappy to report that the wheel fell off ive lost the griping clip so it just rolls off poor quallity if this happens all the time

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Marknortonsomerset's Comment

Written on: 06/10/2016

Same here. Used once last year, went to use it again this morning and both wheels are dropping off. I can hear the clips inside the wheels and need to work out how to get to them. This is our second unit - the first unit's motor burned out half way through our rear lawn the day after delivery and B&Q had to issue a replacement.

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★★★☆☆

“Ten minutes - wheel fell off!!!!”

written by rarelycomplainsbut on 16/08/2016

Took longer to assemble the item than its actual useage. After ten minutes of lawnraking - on a newly (short) cut lawn a real wheel fell off! Lawnraking over that ten minutes was vigorous - tho collection not brilliant. In fairness the store did refund the price paid - not willing to try a replacement - far too flimsy.

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★★☆☆☆

“Does the job but the Raker Tines wear out too quickly”

written by on 21/06/2016

I have only used the raker attachment. Having used it 6 times over 2 years 10 of the 24 Tines have snapped off. Replacements are expensive at £23 for all 24 Tines from one supplier who seems to have cornered the market for this machine, so no competition on price. Instead of paying this exhorbitant price, I will start using the scarifier attachment on the top (No 1) setting and see how I get on. I would not buy this MacAllister Scarifier again and I would not recommend it to anyone because of the cheap metal used in the Rake Tines.

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★☆☆☆☆

“Rubbish product ”

written by Jimewen on 06/06/2016

Used this product 4 times and in that time the"rake" tines have all detached,the scarifier blade's worn down and the drive shaft come out the side of the plastic housing! On closer inspection the drive shaft enclosure is made of plastic which shows how poorly this product is designed. Apart from that the collection bag is of no use and does not pick up any moss.A very poor quality product which should be removed sale in my opinion.

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★☆☆☆☆

“used 3 times and motor has burnt out”

written by Lorenaj1956 on 05/05/2016

The lawn rake and scarifier worked OK for a small garden. The grass/moss collection is next to useless. Its 1 year old and used 3 times and the motor has burnt out without any obvious cause beyond it being a poor quality product.

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★☆☆☆☆

“Would never buy another. Rubbish”

written by Billwood68 on 21/03/2016

My McAllister 1400 has been used a maximum of 6 times. Only 1 "rake" attachment remaining. This item is just so disappointing. I would be embarrassed to loan out to a neighbour. Collection box is a ludicrous design. Where can I buy spare parts from?

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★☆☆☆☆

“MacAllister combi lawn raker scarifier”

written by tzMorrow483 on 18/06/2015

This product is made specially for B&Q. Assembly was quite straightforward although fitting the grass bag over the frame was slightly difficult. The first problem arose when trying to attach the grass bag to the unit which is very awkward. However, the real problem was that when using the rake rather than the scarifier, only around half of the raked up material (mostly dead moss) was collected in the grass box. The rest was left in a series of untidy piles on the lawn. I only used it once and took it back to B&Q the next day for a full refund. The chap on the returns desk needed persuading and only agreed to the refund when I showed him a picture of my lawn covered in ugly small piles of dead moss. I am quite amazed that the Which? Organisation mentioned a similar version of this machine as a Best Buy.

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Lisawaugh's Comment

Written on: 22/04/2016

You get what you pay for though, my lawnmower doesn't collect all the grass it cuts, doesn't mean it's not good at cutting grass though.. And the fact that your lawn was covered in small lumps of dead moss kind of tells us that it did what it was supposed to and if I worked there I'd tell you to chase yourself for a full refund.. Lol just sayin.

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★★☆☆☆

“Cheap tat”

written by on 18/06/2015

Rakes the moss ok, (so far) but just won't collect the detritus. At age 66 I can't be faffing about with a hand rake and plastic bags so I have to get my mower out, raise the wheels and use it as a vacuum cleaner. The macallister collection box is, to my mind, about 10% efficient and my lawn mower collection box about 95% efficient. I can't be Ar$ed to unmantle and rebox it and take it back to B&Q so have accepted that it is a poor buy. Fortunately, now that I have thrown the collecting box in the bin, the machine takes up less space in my shed (man cave). Honest advice? If you can afford it go for the Bosch. If not accept that for the sale price of 72 quid your getting something that doesn't do what it says on the tin

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★☆☆☆☆

“Waste of money”

written by AllMar on 26/04/2015

Very poor product. Bought last year used one and used this month again - all the wire tangs totally trashed. Very poor collector bag arrangement. Certainly not worth the money. Poor design and poor performance and NO service or repair back up from B&Q

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★★☆☆☆

“stopped working on second use.”

written by 25Glass on 21/04/2015

The machine looked good value and did the job but mine stopped working the second time I used it. Maybe I was unlucky, but I asked for a refund. B&Q were happy to refund the money.

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★☆☆☆☆

“Mr JP”

written by vrWoods429 on 20/04/2015

The bag is difficult to put on, it only fills about a third. It rips up to much of the lawn. I wish I had sent it back. Perhaps I would sell it on a car boot sale for less than £1.0

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How do I replace springs on my Mac1400 scarifier?

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How do you replace the notched belt on the MacAlister MRS 1400 scarifier?

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Asked by chriscolligan on 11th July 2020 Report this content
My scarifier won’t operate tried anew switch still no go.  Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Asked by MarkCheesley on 10th April 2020 Report this content
My MRS 1400 won't work...only 3 years old, hardly used. I took the start mechanism off to have a look...all looks fine there. What should I do now?

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Asked by DavidChrisHallam on 22nd April 2019 Report this content
Where can I purchase spare tines for my Mac Allister MRS 1400 scarifier?

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Report this content carolinemaguire Written on: 24/04/2019
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Asked by cheayb on 3rd May 2018 Report this content
How do I put new tines on my mrs1400? Do I have to get the bearing off or the roll pin at the other end?

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Asked by trevordpegg on 29th November 2017 Report this content
I have 24 springs to replace on this scarifier, do I undo the bearing end or knock out the roll pin at the other end?

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Where can I buy a replacement scarifier blades?

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Asked by nickjesse on 1st April 2017 Report this content
How do I replace the 24 tines on the scarifying cylinder? Thanks! 

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Asked by gwynhartland on 17th September 2015 Report this content
The tines on my one year old machines have largely disappeared. Is there any way I can renew them or replace with a completely new axle?

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Asked by shuguang on 19th May 2015 Report this content
Are the tines on MRS1400 the same as those on MSRP1800?

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How do you replace the tines on the scarifier drum ?

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I live in New Zealand, Do you ship to N.Z? Do you have an outlet in Melbourne Aust.?

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